Bath Style

Why do people put so much effort into personalising their homes, but then go and drop the ball when it comes to the bathroom? It’s only one of the most functional spaces in a house, second only to the kitchen. Maybe that’s all that people think it ought to be. In my opinion, the aesthetic …

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Innovation, Wasted…

Here I am watching an episode of Lizard’s Lair and literally yelling at the screen. I’ve never yelled at the screen in my life, and I’m well into my Aussie Rules football, so this is deeply surprising. I just get so frustrated at wasted potential, which is the reason I became a teacher. So many …

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No More Ownership

I never thought I’d admit this, but I’m over owning a house. In fact, I’m not sure I was ever that sold on it to begin with. You’ll grow into it, they said. You’ll thank yourself when you’re older. You’ll regret it if you don’t take the opportunity to buy now. Blah, blah, blah. Well, …

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Working Wonders

Nothing can compare to the feeling of stepping into one’s very own office and realising, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you’ve really knocked it out of the park this time. That’s how I felt this morning when I saw the results of the remodelling operation. It’s been going on all year, so it’s …

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Blue-Collar Frivolity

There are plenty of theme parks for the upper class. Of course there are. You have to be quite stupendously rich to know about them, with their existence hidden from the unwashed masses who don’t have money. Last year for my birthday I went to Crystal Land, which is a secret cave underneath the Simpson …

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Boom, Disqualification!

They don’t usually have total maniacs on The Great Australian Trade-Off. And to be fair to the producers (or whoever picks the contestants), Kirralee seemed pretty normal in the first few weeks. They did that thing with all the contestants where they show a bit of their home life, with Kirralee saying she was a …

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The Fur Flies

So, this weekend we may have dodged a bullet. Our lemurs are very friendly, of course; we wouldn’t have an open section of the sanctuary if they were known for aggression. Vigorous as they can be with the furniture and the wires, this species is quite curious and gentle when it comes to humans. But …

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Superior Tunes

As a famous band once said, ‘The Winner’s Steaks Are Tall’. Ah yes, that 70s classic about winning a steak dinner, with the thickest, juiciest steaks on offer. Back then they used to sing about real things, like winning steak dinners and people who dressed up like soldiers to entertain audiences (‘Trooper Trouper’) even though …

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Proper Relationship

I realise that if you’re having neighbour problems, your local conveyancer isn’t your first port of call. Or really, your last port of call. In fact, they have nothing much to do with how you use your property once all the documents are signed. Isn’t that odd? I’ve always found that very odd, how you …

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